Experience cycling from a different era in southwest Wisconsin's premiere cycling event, the Dairyland Dare.
The Vintage Class at the Dairyland Dare allows you to immerse yourself into roots of cycling by participating in an event that meets all the needs of the vintage bike enthusiast: A great bike ride in a pristine and varied natural environment known as the driftless area, great vintage bikes, great food & refreshments, an exhibit, and prizes.
Six routes of 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 km, winding through picturesque landscapes and breathtaking views, starting from Dodgeville Wisconsin. Along the way you will find the rest stops filled with local specialties, a blend of culture and good food.
In addition, to complete the full immersion into a different era, prizes will be given to those with period correct bicycles along with period attire and heroic effort on the road course. Or simply enjoy the best vintage bicycle show that Dodgeville has ever seen.
Well known by everyone around, the driftless area is host to the Dairyland Dare. The region evaded the effects of the last glaciation period resulting in an undulating terrain that challenges all cyclists.
The routes chosen for this event are some of the most heroic the area has to offer. They are challenging, make no mistake. And most importantly, they allow you to enjoy some of the most exquisite landscapes and quiet country roads.
You have your choice of six routes ranging in lengths of 50, 100, 150, 200, 250 and 300km. This will accommodate most fitness levels of the vintage cyclist. Rest and water stops will be every 20-30km of riding. Use the links to the left to view all routes.
This is a very well supported ride, multiple SAG wagons. Be prepared to handle your own roadside predicaments like flat tires and the such as the support is more geared for the modern bicycle. The wagon will come, but being in the stix, it may take a while.
OK. That might be a bit off, but if you love sucking on packets of gel, extruded bars, sports drinks and other modern cycling foods, sure, you can have it. But we will also be serving real food. And the best part is it is really good food. Of course other tasty refreshments will be served.
It all starts on Friday with a sort-of-traditional pre-ride pasta meal starting at 6pm. This year will be a bit different. Those who want, we will meet at one of Mineral Point's finest establishments and enjoy good food with good people.
Saturday morning starts at 7am but it is only under an hour to the first rest stop. All of the rest stops will be stocked with fresh fruit and other local gourmet goodies. A couple of stops will brats, venison sausage, pasta - what more could you want?
Post-ride will be an old-fashioned Wisconsin beer brat grilled to crispy brown perfection. Grilled hamburgers, ice cream and other great food will also replenish your energy stores. Be sure to try some of the other locally made refreshments.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's not about the bike. But let's be real, vintage bikes steal the show every time. Now is your chance to show the rest of the world your babies.
When you register for this event, you will be required to register a minimum of one bike. You will need to tell us the year, make, model and what's cool about the bike. What are the couple things you want people to know about it, because we want to know!
For your efforts, you will receive a ride number, really cool signage for your bike to tell its story and the potential to win really cool prizes. But best of all, you get to gab about to other vintage bike nuts. It doesn't get any better. Actually, better yet, we will provide the bike stands to keep your precious from falling and a secure location if you wish to leave your bikes overnight.
But one isn't enough. We want you to bring and show all the bikes you can. We know you have more than just the one. Register as many bikes as you can. The more the merrier.
The bad news is that there will be even more rules and legal stuff when you register for the ride.
The rules are, there are no rules about your bike to participate in this event, only if you want to be eligible for prizes. This is a vintage event and we hope you follow the spirit of the event, but not everyone is an enthusiast who rides vintage. If you want to ride modern, that is OK, but no prizes for you. Pretty simple.
But back to those fabulous prizes. Again, this event is to celebrate cycling's past and everyone expects awards at a party. Prizes will be given to the following categories:
The winner of the Period Correct category will be judged by "experts" on an arbitrary point scale of:
The winner of the Retro Roadie category will be judged by "experts" on an arbitrary point scale of:
The winner of the Trifecta category will be judged by the equation - 2x Rider Age + Bike Age + Distance Rode
The winner of the Classic Enthusiast, in our opinion the most important award, will be judged on the total distance traveled to the event, number of bikes exhibited and overall enthusiasm. It takes a great deal of effort, time and resources to attend vintage events and is probably the main reason vintage events are sparsely attended. We especially appreciate those who are dedicated to the hobby.